Monday, May 24, 2010

enter the house of LADOSHA

Once upon a time, in a land far far away (New York) there was a place called the House of LaDosha, a place filled with police sirens, crunk juice and nothing but cunt. Yeah, cunt. A household so fierce it makes Beyonce and Lady GaGa look like christian girls trying out their mama's clothes. It's a glamourous and quite menacing environment ruled with a soft glove by Dosha Devastation (Antonio Blair) and Cunty Crawford LaDosha (Adam Radakovich). More than a group, House of LaDosha is a cultural collective where everyone's welcome, but they are not apologetic about what they do, and especially, what they sing about: pussy's galore! Their style is electro rap that would make any aspiring hip hopper run for their money and even though they are far more known in NY than elsewhere, they are getting deserved hype from all over the world thanks to their attitude-filled live shows and lyrics that go beyond the intimate. Would you dare enter this house? If you do, it's at your own risk!

MP3: House of LaDosha - Burning Like Paris
MP3: House of LaDosha - Total Domination
House of LaDosha - Summer Baby
MP3: House of LaDosha - Summer Baby (TWNTY4KGLDFCE REMIX)

For more songs of House of LaDosha, visit their Myspace

(ps. Props once again to Luchicha, who introduced me to this gang due to a few and entertaining virals made by Cunty Crawford LaDosha on his (or her) YouTube account. check them out)

Bonus MP3: Crookers ft. Roisin Murphy - Royal T
Bonus MP3: LL Cool J - Doin' It

Saturday, May 22, 2010

weekend mixtape (for the kelly kapowski in you)

I am inside a modest minority of people who had a quite happy childhood, spending most (if not all) of my time playing with He-Man/Sheena/Power Rangers/Ninja Turtles toys and Hot Wheels cars that were gone before I knew it. The TV was also my friend during those inocent and sex-free days. Most of my friends on the tube belonged to the fictional Bayside High School, where they shared normal teenage angst, fucked up and by the end of the episode, they resolved things and had a laugh while learning something useful (more like life itself). There were something for everybody: the popular boy, the hot jock, the geek, the geek-ette, the black girl and of course, Kelly Kapowski, magistrally played by Tiffani Amber-Thiessen. Whether she plays an award winning role or not, is her greatest achievement. Ever. The naive dark haired hot pot was somewhat of a kiddie's guide to sex and beyond without really trying hard for it. Kelly was the epitome of a teen beauty queen and for that, this post is for her. For her legacy and for the possibilities of the Kelly Kapowskis of the 21st century (at least, where music is concerned)

Lindstrom & Christabelle - Baby Cant Stop (Idjut Boys Remix)
Duck Sauce - Barbara Streisand (O-God Remix)
The Wake - O Pamela
White Wires - Pretty Girl
The Bird and the Bee - Fucking Boyfriend (Peaches Remix)
Robyn - Dancing On My Own (Fred Falke Edit)
Miike Snow - Song For No One
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band - Sunshower
Tame Impala - Solitude is Bliss
The Modern Lovers - Dance With Me

Friday, May 21, 2010

from berlin with love, ellen

Germany is going through a bad period these days. Its government has just approved a rescue plan to save the eurozone from economic disaster, a major setback/consecuence of the actual crisis. Long gone is the era of excess and debauchery that caracterized Germany and most european countries many years ago. Fortunately, excess, mixed with elegance is very much alive thanks to Berlin's own Ellen Allien. Evidence: her brand new cd, "Dust". Being the consumated and experienced electronic diva that she is since the late 80s, Ellen pulls out all the stops on her production work into this, her 6th studio album, described by herself as a "warm inmediacy" compared to her past releases. And what a warm affair it is. Listening to "Dust" as a whole feels like an extended dream, with champagne, street lights, foam, smoke, chic-ness and excitement. The kind of thing a heavenly runway show would be made of, considering her place in fashion industry as well. I've never been a confesed fan of Minimal, Techno or IDM, but even though her music falls right in the alleys of these genres, it's pretty much one of the best music offerings i've heard so far this year (I do have to note that one of the songs, "Huibuh" sounded a bit off, too tropical for me and that just broke my eurofantasy to pieces. But we won't get into that, just enjoy and turn on to this)

MP3: Ellen Allien - Flashy Flashy
MP3: Ellen Allien - Ever
MP3: Ellen Allien - Sun the Rain
MP3: Ellen Allien - You
MP3: Ellen Allien - Our Utopie

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

sky's the limit

Usually, my skills to spot and showcase new interesting talents never fails, but somehow I missed 17 year old Sky Ferreira along the way. But it's not that she's not that interesting, it's just that i'm ditsy, that's all (i admit it). Luckily, my trusty bestie Luchicha was just around the corner to inform me about the new girl in town and frankly, i'm impressed by both sound and vision. She sings and looks way beyond her teenage years, all of which is actually a very good thing. She has "teenage wasteland" written all over her little forehead AND she appeared in a video with the ultimate wild child, Uffie. It's the kind of street cred Ke$ha wishes she had. Sky is currently in the works on her debut with EMI with Paul Epworth, Bloodshy & Avant, Dallas Austin and many other and she's rumored to be allied with miss Britney Spears on a 90s-style electro track produced by Cisco Adler, but even though she collaborates, she has the ability to make the songs of others her own, like her delicate and slightly haunting version of Miike Snow's "Animal". Sky Ferreira is the kind of artist that is destined to hit stardom and tabloids at the same time and, like I said, that's actually a very good thing. Pass the hype and enjoy the sounds of Sky.

Ps: Be sure to follow Sky on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter :)

Monday, May 17, 2010


It's been a while since I logged on into myspace. I rarely use it, and basically, my use for it now is similar to an old record player: it's dusty but it's there, and everytime that I can, I check out to see if it works. Today it has, fortunately, as a band I haven't heard of just added me. And thank goodness it has. The name is Rescue Cat, and the info about it is pretty scarce. Maybe there lies the beauty of it all, the intrigue and mystery wrapped up in the form of a feline animal who was "found" in North London in '06, only to be surrounded by synths, drum machines and computer sounds that recall early greatness of the sorts of New Order and Hot Chip. After a few local gigs, the band caught the attention of a music mogul (whoever that is) and is currently in the works for its debut EP, coming out soon. In the meantime, here's some goodies and an eclectic mixtape courtesy of Rescue Cat.

MP3: Rescue Cat – £10 Bag
MP3: Rescue Cat – Tom Is My Only Friend
MP3: Rescue Cat – Under your colors (Lalory Rock haha mix)

Meow Mixtape:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

the different colours of Disco

Most of my post on this so called "new phase" of this blogs are very much inspired by old trends, old styles that are meant to stay current just as long as people holds them as their own and elevate them for new generations to enjoy. Like Disco, a movement that emerged from the deep deep underground just to be exploded into the mainstream and later spit on by rock purists who denied its power. By the late 70s, it was declared that Disco was dead but it wasn't. It lead the way for other genres that never went away, like electronic music, trance, house music and even the ultra cheesy Italo Disco.

Few people these days are holding the Disco flag way up high, but the ones who do are revered for their effort. For example, the mysterious MrPinks, a guy who's love for the genre and, most importantly, for his distaste on typical and generic compilations and his desire to give music listeners a peek on the diferent vertients within Disco, made him approach Harmless Records with the idea of Disco Discharge, where's there is room for everyone, the afficionado and the curious for strange delights with wonderous sound quality. So far, 4 CD's of this series are released (Classic Disco, Euro Disco, Disco Ladies and Gay Disco & Hi-NRG) and are highly recomended. Next month, in June, other 4 records will be in stores (Diggin' Deeper, European Connection, Disco Boogie and Pink Pounders), and I hope you will be soughting them as much as I sure will.

In honour of these great compilations, I made out a mix of upcoming Disco, Funk and Italo Disco classics that will be included on the next 4 CD's of Disco Discharge. Hear this out, grab your boogie shoes and your bad self and let's go dancing!

Ode to Disco Discharge by dieWs

Ode to Disco Discharge mix setlist:
Freddie James - Get Up And Boogie
Gino Soccio - Remember
Vivien Vee - Americano
Patrick Cowley - Lift Off
The Immortals - The Ultimate Warlord
The Ring - Savage Lover
Vin Zee - Funky Bee Bop
D Train - Keep On
Sharon Redd - Love How You Feel
Julius Brown - Party
Peter Richard - Walking In The Neon
The Flirts - Danger
Divine - Shake It Up

Sunday, May 2, 2010

unexpected lovers, sorta

For Rock purists, Disco Music died in mid-1979 due to its horrible excess in mainstream media. For many other people, Disco never died, it just morphed into innovative genres that have stood the test of time. Some of those genres introduced electronic beats into the forefront, and there's where Lime comes in. This band was the brainchild of Denis and Denyse LePage. There is very little information about the husband and wife duo other than the fact that both released a couple of records before being signed by Unidisc Records in 1980 and they were forced to be replaced in live performances by two younger and more attractive singers. A year later, in 1981, their debut single and album "Your Love" came out and became an instant dance classic. Two other records later, they juggled between Disco, Dance, House, Hi-NRG and electronic music, making excelent tunes before fading from popularity in the late 80s. Though Denis LePage got divorced and still made albums under the name Lime (the latest was 2002's Love Fury), they are most regarded as one of the best and most underrated pop groups of the early eighties.

MP3: Lime - Your Love
MP3: Lime - Come and Get Your Love
MP3: Lime - Guilty
MP3: Lime - Angel Eyes

Saturday, May 1, 2010

i'm moving with nancy!

I've seen strange things in my life, but nothing like my latest craze, or better said, girl-crush: Nancy Sinatra. Not Marilyn Monroe, not Brigitte Bardot, Nancy Sinatra. I've never been a fan of Ol' Blue Eyes' daughter, yet I slightly like her 1966 rendition to a lady's best friend besides diamonds, "These Boots are Made for Walking" (before being wrecked and butchered by Jessica Simpson, who added her Daisy Duke's into the song slaugther). But people rarely know, or doesn't even care, about the fact that Nancy has a better, groovier and deeper repertoir than "Boots". As a matter of fact, the first time I heard Nancy was with "Sugar Town", a lovely but kinda misleading song about an utiopian sweety place that only she had knowledge of. A little while after that, she signed with US tv network NBC to do what turned out to be a groundbreaking special, "Movin' with Nancy". What was so revolutionary about a TV special featuring the ultimate go-go chick? It was the first time that the usual stage-bound production was replaced by full outdoor locations. On top of that, there were no introductions or a whole lot of dialog, just music being showcased one song after the other, presenting itself as a dream-like fantasy. The result were very intriguing proto-music videos, prior to the birth of MTV, with the very 1967 soundtrack to go along with it. Highlights are the opener "I Gotta get out of This Town", "See the Little Children" and the spooky "Some Velvet Morning" with Lee Hazlewood (later covered by Primal Scream and Kate Moss)

(and if you care, you can also watch a rather vintage-looking copy of the TV special, cool isn't it?)